{French Country Decor} 12th Century French Villa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

{French Country Decor} 12th Century French Villa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

This beautifully restored historic 12th Century apartment in Saint-Paul-de-Vence known as “La Miette” was owned and lived in during the 1940’s by beloved and legendary French poet, writer, and screenwriter Jacques Prévert. Believe it or not, you can rent the apartment when you are visiting this region of France!

What caught my eye? The charm, character, and history of this cozy nest in which an artist created work that touched generations of readers. The climbing vines, the black front door, terracotta floors, picturesque views. The age, the tranquil mood, and the casual French country interiors. Also, the green tile in the kitchen…

Green tile backsplash and countertop in a French Country kitchen #Frenchcountry #kitchendesign #kitchentile

Green tile backsplash and countertop in a French Country kitchen

which reminded me of two of my favorite 21st century French Country kitchens by Desiree of Decor de Provence…this rustic one in her current home:

and this pretty, more feminine one in her prior home:

Back to our tour of this 12th Century French wonder which we can vacation in…

While it may seem silly to insert any French Country decor suggestions, I don’t mind losing my mind occasionally and sprinkled in a few objects (a Parisian glass bottle, a writing desk, a velvet pillow, baskets…) which may feel right at home amid all the aged splendor within this French villa. (Affiliate links follow and when used for purchases, won’t cost you extra but may earn me a small commission.)

More info from Airbnb: “Situated in the heart of the medieval walled village of Saint Paul de Vence but benefitting from glorious views of both the sea to the south and the mountains to the north, the 100 sq metre apartment has just been beautifully restored while keeping all of its amazing original features. In Prévert’s old house, you’ll be staying in a piece of French history, with its ancient wooden beams, huge open fireplace for cozy winter nights, large vaulted-ceiling bathroom accessed through a mysterious tunnel, two large en-suite double bedrooms with fresh French linen sheets on the superking beds (that can be separated into two large single beds if needed), fully equipped kitchen and private use of the jasmine-covered sun-trap terrace outside.”

Photography: Helen Catheart

{French Country Decor} 12th Century French Villa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

I recognized happiness by the ​noise it made when it left. — Jacques Prévert, French poet

I RECOGNIZED HAPPINESS BY THE NOISE IT MADE WHEN IT LEFT. — Jacques Prévert

{French Country Decor} 12th Century French Villa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

{French Country Decor} 12th Century French Villa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

Round Market Basket #FrenchCountry #Frenchmarket #marketbasket

French Round Woven Market Basket Tote: FIND HERE

{French Country Decor} 12th Century French Villa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

Parisian Bottle Glass Table Vase

Parisian Glass Bottle Vase: FIND HERE

{French Country Decor} 12th Century French Villa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

French Linen and Cane Side Chair #Frenchlinen #cane #Frenchchair

French Linen and Cane Side Chair: FIND HERE

Arbois French Linen Side Chair #linenslipcover #slipcoveredchair #slipcovered

French Linen Side Chair: FIND HERE

{French Country Decor} 12th Century French Villa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

{French Country Decor} 12th Century French Villa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

French Country Writing Desk #FrenchCountry #vintagedesk

Writing Desk: FIND HERE

{French Country Decor} 12th Century French Villa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

Light Grey Velvet Lumbar Pillow #velvet #velvetpillow

Light Grey Velvet Lumbar Pillow: FIND HERE

{French Country Decor} 12th Century French Villa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

French Country Winery Rattan Basket

French Country Winery Rattan Jug: FIND HERE

{French Country Decor} 12th Century French Villa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

{French Country Decor} 12th Century French Villa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

French Country Ladderback Wood Dining Chair #FrenchCountry #ladderback #diningchair

French Country Ladderback Chair: FIND HERE

{French Country Decor} 12th Century French Villa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

{French Country Decor} 12th Century French Villa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

{French Country Decor} 12th Century French Villa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

Natural Pleated Linen Duvet Cover Collection #linenduvet #Frenchlinen #linenbedding

Linen Duvet & Bedding: FIND HERE

{French Country Decor} 12th Century French Villa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

{French Country Decor} 12th Century French Villa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

Round Straw Bag, Beach bag, French market basket, Handwoven Straw bag #frenchmarket #roundbasket #roundstrawtote

Round French Basket Tote: FIND HERE

French Market Basket #frenchmarket #frenchbasket #FrenchCountry

French Market Basket: FIND HERE

{French Country Decor} 12th Century French Villa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

{French Country Decor} 12th Century French Villa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

{French Country Decor} 12th Century French Villa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

{French Country Decor} 12th Century French Villa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

{French Country Decor}12th Century French Villa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

{French Country Decor} 12th Century French Villa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

Cast Stone Urn Planter #Frenchurn #FrenchCountry

Cast Stone Urn: FIND HERE

{French Country Decor} 12th Century French Villa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

{French Country Decor} 12th Century French Villa in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

Your turn. What takes your breath away in the images above (I hope you found plenty to pin to your French Country decor inspiration boards!)? Can you imagine staying here on a visit to the South of France?

French Country Finds!

Motivo French Chandelier
Linen Footstool
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Aged Terracotta Pots
Laluz French Country Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair Set of 2
Cara White Sofa
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
27″ Bar Stool
Rattan Side Table
Beachy White Felicity Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Aidan Gray Collier Lamp
Light Grey Rattan Chair
French Country Altar Candlestick
French Tolix Style Metal Side Chair (Set of 2)
Modern Farmhouse Wall Mirror
Linen Curved Loveseat
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Reclaimed Elm Accent Stool
Rustic Ring 12-Light Chandelier
French Upholstered Gray Bench
French Country Lantern Pendant
Jute ARea Rug
Old World 2-Light Sconce Pair
French Candle Style Chandelier
Swedish Writing Desk
French Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Accent Stool
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Linen Slope Arm Dining Chairs
Parisian Glass Bottle Vase
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
Tufted Headboard
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
White Writing Desk
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Grey Accent Chest
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant
White Vase Set
Apothecary Chest
Grainsack Stripe Armchair
Santa Maria Sconce Set of 2
Fireclay Farm Sink
Striped Dress Form
Elm rustic stool
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Grey Bistro Set
60″ Round Pedestal Dining Table
Scrubbed Look Wood Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
French Country Chandelier
Teak Farmhouse Stool

Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

p.s. A poem about creating art from Jacques Prévert with an English translation I found.

Pour Faire Le Portrait D’un Oiseau
Jacques Prévert

Peindre d’abord une cage
avec une porte ouverte
peindre ensuite
quelque chose de joli
quelque chose de simple
quelque chose de beau
quelque chose d’utile
pour l’oiseau
placer ensuite la toile contre un arbre
dans un jardin
dans un bois
ou dans une forêt
se cacher derrière l’arbre
sans rien dire
sans bouger . . .
Parfois l’oiseau arrive vite
mais il peut aussi bien mettre de longues années
avant de se décider
Ne pas se décourager
attendre
attendre s’il le faut pendant des années
la vitesse ou la lenteur de l’arrivée de l’oiseau
n’ayant aucun rapport
avec la réussite du tableau
Quand l’oiseau arrive
s’il arrive
observer le plus profond silence
attendre que l’oiseau entre dans le cage
et quand il est entré
fermer doucement la porte avec le pinceau
puis
effacer un à un tous les barreaux
en ayant soin de ne toucher aucune des plumes de l’oiseau
Faire ensuite le portrait de l’arbre
en choisissant la plus belle de ses branches
pour l’oiseau
peindre aussi le vert feuillage et la fraîcheur du vent
la poussière du soleil
et le bruit des bêtes de l’herbe dans la chaleur de l’été
et puis attendre que l’oiseau se décide à chanter
Si l’oiseau ne chante pas
c’est mauvais signe
Signe que le tableau est mauvais
mais s’il chante c’est bon signe
signe que vous pouvez signer

To Make A Portrait Of A Bird
First paint a cage
with an open door
then paint
something pretty
something simple
something beautiful
something useful
for the bird
then place the canvas within a tree
in a garden
in a wood
or in a forest
hide behind the tree
without saying anything
without moving an inch…
Sometimes the bird arrives quickly
but he can also take many years
before deciding
do not become discouraged
wait
wait for years if you have to
the speed or the sluggishness of the bird’s arrival
has no effect
on the outcome of your painting
When the bird arrives
if it arrives
keep the most profound silence
wait for the bird to enter the cage
and when he is inside
gently close the door with the paintbrush
then
erase all of the bars one by one
while taking care not to touch any of the bird’s feathers
then do the tree’s portrait
choosing the most beautiful branch
for the bird
paint the greenery and the freshness of the wind as well
the spray of the sun
and the noise of the animals in the grass in the heat of summer
and then wait for the bird to decide to sing
If the bird doesn’t sing
it’s a bad sign
it’s a sign that your painting is bad
but if it sings it’s a good sign
it’s a sign that you can sign
Then you very gently pluck
one of the bird’s feathers
and you write your name in a corner of the canvas.

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14 Comments

  1. March 9, 2018 / 9:58 am

    Beautiful post. I’ve been to St. Paul de Vence many times, love every single nook and cranny and often wondered if anyone lived in those tiny little abodes. Well, you certainly answered that question. Absolutely brilliant isn’t it?
    xx’s

    • March 9, 2018 / 11:33 am

      What a dream to stay her someday! Thanks for adding to the beauty, Marsha. 🙂

  2. March 9, 2018 / 10:25 am

    Saint-Paul-de-Vence is such a pretty village. The shot of that house, though, looks like a village near me, Caunes-Minervois, which has a Renaissance home on a corner just like that, with the same car-free little streets and mountain views in the distance. You can’t go wrong in the south of France, no matter where.
    That shade of green in the kitchen is very, very popular around here. Kind of sage.

    • March 9, 2018 / 11:32 am

      Was thinking of you as I posted this. Hmmmmm. These images are from the airbnb listing so unsure. Would love to see more authentic French kitchens with green! 🙂

  3. Kathy
    March 10, 2018 / 6:55 am

    Wow! How beautiful! I have never been there but would love to go!!

    • March 10, 2018 / 10:46 am

      Hi, Kathy. I feel more relaxed just looking at the pictures of the place! Happy weekend. 🙂

  4. March 10, 2018 / 7:39 am

    I had the pleasure of visiting Saint-Paul-de-Vence on a shore excursion from a cruise we took a couple of years ago. It was one of the most charming villages I’ve ever seen and I hope I may return one day and spend more time. I had recently run across this vacation home you feature and told my girlfriend about it for her upcoming trip to France. I hope she decides to stay there so I can see more of it through her lens.

    PS – Love the poem!

    • March 10, 2018 / 10:45 am

      I would love to visit the place someday–maybe you should organize a blogger’s retreat there – Ha! 🙂

  5. March 10, 2018 / 11:38 am

    Looks almost Tuscan! I would love to live in a place like this, be able to open the front door every morning and allow the breezes to welcome passersby. But “climbing” those hills at my age? Oh, dear.

    • March 10, 2018 / 12:06 pm

      Yes! And HA! We would get into great shape I guess! Happy weekend, Jo.

  6. March 10, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    I would love to stay there. I’m putting it on my list. Thanks so much for introducing us to such a fun and beautiful place.

    • March 10, 2018 / 8:34 pm

      It’s on my list as well, Colleen. I hope we get there! 🙂

  7. Rhonda
    March 12, 2018 / 10:37 am

    Ooh la la…..what a perfect setting for a painter and poet! Love it! Reminds me of quaint villages along the Amalfi Coast.

    • March 12, 2018 / 11:32 am

      I so agree! Who wouldn’t be inspired and in a relaxed state for creativity!?! 🙂

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